Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Christmas Bookmark - Designs By Ryn

Today I received an envelope with new stamps from Designs By Ryn, and felt   a sudden urge to try them on a small but useful project.
I used a Basic Grey paper in Christmas colors to make the bookmark – only folds, no glue.
Then I stamped the bookmark itself, using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, with 2 small leaves out of the Ornate Leaf Set
I also used a manila CS, making a background using the Floral Spirals stencil, colored by mustard seed Distress ink.
Then I stamped more leaves on the manila CS, and cut them carefully.
I glued 2 leaves on top of the bookmark with double sided foam tape… Done!

I enjoyed this little project, I hope you like it too.

Designs By Ryn - October Customer Creation Challenge

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Friday, May 30, 2014

Wise Owl and Leaves Card

Here's another Michael Strong card in shades of green, using the Whimsical Owls stamp set.
I colored the Owl using ProMarkers, and glued it 3D to add some dimension.
The background was embossed with numbers, then colored and edged using Ranger Distress Inks.
I framed the dark green CS with faux stitches, using a white gel pen.
The leaves are a die cut.
The pearls enhance the Owl's eyes and also draw the corners, and - of course - add some glam.

I added Washi Tape with musical notes… will the Owl sing "Happy Birthday"?

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Monday, May 5, 2014

Former Outdoor Exhibition in Ramat HaSharon - September 2013

In my city, Ramat HaSharon, there's a very active art scene.
Many exhibitions are open to the public, giving the artists a stage to show their artwork, and enabling the public to get to know them.
Every year there's an Open Studio event, where chosen artists open their home or studio and let people in, so their work is exposed to the public. It's a celebration of color, texture and inspiration, along with a special way of meeting people, making ART accessible to everybody.
Every few months, a new outdoor exhibition is being opened. It's either showing works of one or two artists, or (usually) it's an eclectic exhibition showing chosen works of several dozen artists from Ramat HaSharon, with a specific subject they need to work on.
Last September, the subject was "10 years to the Open Studio event".
I participated in that exhibition, and my work was dedicated to the subject.
The background of the canvas was layered with pieces of a map of Ramat HaSharon, and I was randomly mixing the neighborhoods and the streets.
The buildings and the private houses both exist in my city. They were cut out of white, kraft and colorful CS, as artists are versatile and colorful people. They were glued 3D for extra dimension. They stand for the artists' homes, which were open for public visits every year.
The Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die, showing the time - 10 o'clock, is a symbol of the 10 years during which the Open Studio event has been taking place.

And on a more personal note… I usually don't share my private life here, but this is a serious matter and can't be ignored.
That former outdoor exhibition was opened on September 27th, 2013.
A week after that, on October 3rd, my beloved husband Mickey passed away. He left a huge void in my heart.
He was the love of my life, he was the wind under my wings, and he definitely was my best friend for more than 26 years. He always supported my creativity (including hoarding stuff!) and he was very proud of me.
I haven't been able to create anything for months afterwards, and only recently I got my MOJO back - I'm thankful for that.
A new outdoor exhibition will be opened tomorrow, on Israel's Independence Day. One of my works will be there. I wish Mickey could be there, too.
I know he would have wanted me to go on with my life, to be creative and to strive for happiness.
After having my first vacation in years, I feel like I've recharged my emotional batteries. I hope I'll find time and peace of mind to get creative again, so you'll be hearing from me soon.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring is the time of plans and projects ATB

For a very long period of time I've been engaged with family duties, unfortunately very unhappy ones.
During this time I rarely created anything, and as much as I wanted to, I couldn't find peace of mind and passion to create. My blog has also been neglected.
Now I got my MOJO back, and it feels so good!!!

I needed to share it with you. I still have several former unpublished creations to share with you, and I also plan a little Giveaway soon. Stay tuned!

But for now here's my entry to the enjoyMichaelStrongstamps Yahoo Group Spring challenge - a Spring ATB.

I made the 3D cube myself, out of sturdy CS, and it was such fun that I guess I'll make more ATBs in the near future.

Materials used:
Sturdy 12x12 Polka Dot CS by Netanella – Hot Air Ballons  collection
Red, light blue and black leather textured CS
Cream paper
Michael Strong Honeycomb stencil
Michael Strong Stamps: Cloisonné Butterfly (small and large), Cloisonné Flower (small)
Michael Strong Metal Die Cutters: Butterfly (small and large), Flower (small)  
Ranger Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
VersaFine Ink - Onyx Black
White and light blue EP
Polka Dot Paper Tape in 3 color patterns
Turquoise and gold Gel pens
Black pen
Jewel brads
Clear blings

Double sided clear and foam tape

First I cut the 12x12 CS for the 3D cube, which turned out about 3.8x3.8 inches (9.5x9.5 cms), and left margins to glue the parts together. Please let me know if you're interested in a step-by-step tutorial.

I added Polka Dot Paper Tape in 3 color patterns all around the cube's connections of faces, both for decoration and to strengthen them.

Then I randomly decorated 5 faces of the 3D cube, using Michael Strong Honeycomb stencil, Ranger Distress Ink - Fired Brick, and Ranger Ink Blending Tool.
I stamped and cut the large Butterfly, and added clear blings to make it glamorous.
I stamped and cut the small Butterflies, and colored them using Gel Pens.

I stamped and cut the small Flowers and heat embossed them, then I added Jewel brads to their centers.

I glued all the images, using double sided clear and foam tape.

The large Butterfly, on the top of the cube, was glued only at its center, its wings flying in the air.

I added the sentiment, hand written with a black pen, on 4 faces of the cube.
I really enjoyed making this ATB, and it felt like spring is in the air (though it feels like summer in Israel).

I'm so glad I got creative again, and I hope this passion will last and grow.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed. Have a creative day! Dorly